All That Glitters

Diamonds on the Soles of His Shoes


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I believe it’s a verse from a Paul Simon song, and it’s something that can occasionally occur by accident in a jewelry shop that happens to work with really tiny diamonds. It can happen. Crazy you say? I guarantee shoe soles and heels impregnated with industrial diamonds would last darn near a life time or ... Read More »

Diamonds are Still a Girl’s Best Friend


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan A remarkable comeback is underway, and that is a renewed desire for nice diamond jewelry. I’m not talking about the blasé quality stuff (a nice way to say it) offered to the public for the past six years or so, but a true emergence of quality and fineness. I admit I’m guilty. For reasons of ... Read More »

To be or not to be… Enhanced


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I may have touched on this subject in the past but the increase in popularity on Clarity Enhanced (C.E.) diamonds have piqued the interest of many that are unaware of the product and process in my shop the past couple of months. Yes, it’s true some jewelers won’t even consider selling them in their ... Read More »

The Quest for the Marco Green Diamond Ring


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Want to have some fun and intrigue? While experiencing a rare idle moment, I came up with the idea of why not give something valuable away for free to generate (instigate) some controversy, get people talking, and who knows, I’ll also get some new faces and former faces I have not seen in the ... Read More »

Web…site unseen


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Billions and billions of dollars are spent by folks using the internet, and there is no doubt a good percentage of that dough is generated right here in my household between my wife’s tennis addiction that involves ordering tennis shoes and trendy outfits that match the shoes let a lone the latest rackets and accessories. ... Read More »

Buyer’s Remorse 101


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I heard the term “buyer’s remorse” the other day, and it is not a subject most care to discuss especially when they have experienced it first hand. Being an appraiser of diamonds and fine jewelry for more than 35 years, lets just say I can unleash the unpleasant emotion more often than I care to ... Read More »

The Pleasure of Sea Life Jewelry


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I love the quote “if you’ve got it flaunt it,” and that holds true for those of us who live here in paradise either full or part time. Besides being truly fortunate, I think we also are smarter than the average bear; I still have lots of friends who tell me over and over ... Read More »

A Goldsmith’s Tales of Christmas past


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan While working yet another long day and burning many evenings worth of midnight oil in my workshop with my 21-year-old son, Andrew, I tried to ignore hearing his complaints about working late. I came to the realization that this was to be my 44th Christmas season in this crazy business. If he only knew ... Read More »

Painfully Cheap Isn’t Frugal


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I know what you’re thinking, here goes Richard again, ranting about people who enter his jewelry store. Notice I said people, not customers. I love my regular customers; I have even begun rewarding the faithful with special V.I.P. card memberships to offer them sincere savings, perks and freebees for their patronage during these tough years. ... Read More »

November’s Birthstone: A Cornucopia of Color

You will not be invisible with vibrant colored topaz. PHOTO BY RICHARD ALAN

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan November is a great month for birthstones. It’s a virtual “pick a color – any color!” Topaz is an old Greek name for Topazios, an island located in the Red Sea. Which, in fact, was actually an ancient source for peridot – the ancients confused it with topaz. Today, citrine is almost always confused with ... Read More »

In gold we trust?


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan In gold we trust? Don’t get the wrong impression; I’m not about to give you a stock market tip that will change your life forever. But recently something very strange has been going on. Gold has begun to fall out of favor from the very souls who caused it to soar to unimaginable costs in ... Read More »

Euro-eye opener


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s nice to be missed. By the time this story is published I will be back on the island and back to the grindstone after spending nearly six weeks on a “working” vacation in Europe. From what I have heard so far I didn’t miss much around these parts. Years ago my friend Tom ... Read More »

Sicilian Hospitality


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It only took less than an hour before the whole village knew the Americanos were in town. My friend Al and I accepted our mutual friend or “gum bade” Davide y (of Davide’s cafe) invitation to spend a week with his “family” in the seaside resort village of Tres Fontane in southeastern Sicily. Little ... Read More »

High Heat Hot Colors


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Whew! It’s hot and so is the demand for colored gemstones, pendants, earrings and rings sporting deep purple or pastel green amethysts with dabs of electric blue or bright yellow topaz to mix or match bold colors. I have made pieces with a rainbow of colors in just a single pair of earrings and ... Read More »

To Appraise or not to Appraise?


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan You probably need a written appraisal.” Is my answer to questions when I am asked to put a value on a customer’s article(s) of jewelry. Often while aimlessly wandering about the island or enjoying a day at the beach it is not unusual to have a ring or a watch thrust into my face ... Read More »

Catching a Breath


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan What do you mean, Richard isn’t here? The light at the end of the tunnel I presumed to be an oncoming train was actually daylight and a sign of good things to come. To my surprise the move I dreaded making from Front Street, my original location on the island for 17 years to my ... Read More »

Cracker Jack Jewelry


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I saw the writing on the wall a couple of years back. The result of the rising costs of precious metals caused many jewelry manufacturers to “re-tool” so to say. When I say re-tool I mean they will have to stop making what used to be great quality gold jewelry and produce it much ... Read More »

June Birthstone… Alexmoonpearl


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan No, I haven’t lost my mind just yet, and there is no such gemstone as an Alexmoonpearl. But in fact, June is one of the few months that actually has more than one designated gemstone to signify the “birthstone” for that month. The origins for birthstones go back thousands of years. Bible scriptures describe ... Read More »

What kind of gemstone is this?


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Another steamy off season day on the rock, and while I’m still trying to recover from six months of a busy season, I’m counting the days until I have returned to the Balearic Island in Mallorca, Spain, a small coastal village called Cala Fornells. My idea of paradise is being perched on a Mediterranean ... Read More »

Hello… Ma!


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s just around the corner again, Mother’s Day. Of course you remember her? Without Mom, you would not exist in this world. This person loved, nurtured and raised you to be the person you are today; a joy for most – and for some – she could be the reason you have been going ... Read More »